In God’s Hands

Isaiah 41:10-12 New International Version

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

11 “All who rage against you
    will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
    will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.

It’s probably a good job we don’t know what’s ahead of us for example we didn’t know Covid – 19 was going to raise it’s ugly head towards 2019. A couple of lockdowns on with vaccinations in September 2021 we’re still fighting the virus.

Meanwhile things have been happening else where.

Recently America has pulled their troops out of Afghanistan because of the troubles there, and on top of that New Orleans has been hit by a tornado

I shall not fear though darkened clouds may gather round me;
The God I serve is one who cares and understands;
Although the storms I face would threaten to confound me,
Of this I am assured: I’m in His hands.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

What though I cannot know the way that lies before me,
I still can trust and freely follow His commands;
My faith is firm since He it is who watches o’er me;
Of this I’m confident: I’m in His hands.

In days gone by my Lord has always proved sufficient,
When I have yielded to the law of love’s demands;
Why should I doubt that He would evermore be present
To make His will my own? I’m in His hands!

Sharing

2 Corinthians 9:13 13

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Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.

It’s true what this video says We do have gift to share to everyone. The beauty of it is that everyone’s gift is different from the person next to you.

In the reading above we are reminded that Paul tells the people of Corinth because you have proved yourselves  others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ,

Whilst sharing things puts us in Gods favour, we mustn’t forget the most important thing to share is the Gospel.

Jesus Lives

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Romans 6 New International Version 

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Whilst reading this piece of scripture i am reminded of a chorus well known in The Salvation Army

It’s no longer I that liveth,
But Christ that liveth in me,
It’s no longer I that liveth,
But Christ that liveth in me.
He lives! He lives!
Jesus is alive in me.
It’s no longer I that liveth,
But Christ that liveth in me.

We Can Be Heroes

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SARI’S AND BEGGARS

When I travelled to India, many years ago, I found myself in a squalid, forsaken world. Traffic sped by perilously. They were too fast to be safe, but too slow to get anywhere.

It was gut wrenching to see neglected, grubby children laying on the ground at my feet. They were everywhere. Mounds of bedding, people rolled up inside, sleeping through it all, the sounds, the smells. The place seemed to swallow people up. I was stifled by the heat and choking on the smog. And there I was in the middle of a nation of multi coloured sari’s and dirty, crippled beggars.

 

I LEFT MY HEART IN INDIA

Dalits (Untouchables) are trapped into fixed social orders, from which it’s impossible to escape.

Many upper-caste Indians simply walk past the starving and sick Dalits.

As alien as this land is, travellers cannot help, but fall in…

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Leap of Faith

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Image: Jim Twoey. Mother Teresa’s close collaborator ~ ZENIT

 

Happy Heavenly Baptism Day Mother Teresa.

“Prayer in action is love, love in action is service.”

—Mother Teresa

LIVING IN THE LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE

It’s been recorded that Mother Mary Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.) was Baptised on this day 26th August (1910) and considered this her ‘true birthday’ She was born in North Macedonia. Her work is recognised throughout the world.

 

SAINT IN THE GUTTER AND SAINT IN HEAVEN.

Mother Teresa was born for a purpose and was blessed with the power to achieve it. One of the worlds greatest humanitarians with an almighty vision.

 

CALLING

In 1946 she received the “call within a call”, to care for the sick and the poorest of the poor. She then moved into the slums of Calcutta, India, dedicated to serving ‘the most vulnerable caste’, “The untouchable people”…

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Déjà Vu or Prescience?

Epilepsy Talk

Think of it as knowing something from the past…or feeling a premonition of the future.

Those who have experienced the déjà vu feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity, with something that shouldn’t be familiar at all.

Those who experience prescience, feel they have the ability to see into the future in some way.

Déjà vu – Every day is groundhog day!

The term “déjà vu” means, literally, “already seen”.

Déjà vu has been firmly associated with temporal lobe epilepsy.

Reportedly, déjà vu can occur just prior to a temporal lobe seizure as an aura.

But you can experience déjà vu during the actual seizure activity or in the moments between seizures.

Take the neurological circuitry of the hippocampus, a region of the brain where new memories are formed.

Neuroscientists know memories are actually groups of brain cells linked by especially strong chemical connections; recalling a memory involves…

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Wednesday Mental Health Check

Self Care & Mental Health

Mindful is being emotionally, physically, and mentally in the moment. It’s allowing you to focus on what’s right now.

What do you smell?

Feel?

See?

Focus on where you’re sitting. In a chair at the office? On the porch, with coffee? Pay attention to your body and relax it comfortably.

Feel your feet flat on the ground/floor. What’s in your hands? What does this object, or the nearest object look like? Have you used it before? Is the texture rough or prickly?

How about the lighting where you are? Is it natural or solar powered? Is it electric powered? Does the light have bugs flying around it? Is the dawn coming up for the day? Is it the lamp shining through the window? Or the reflection rainbow from the stain glass decor hanging nearby?

This morning, try to sit in mindfulness for a minute of 10 minutes. Feel free to…

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Wordless Wednesday* Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park —

Survivors Blog Here Mental Health Collaborative

So glad you’re here, you make me smile and feel good inside. Keep the comments coming. These were taken at Hetch Hetchy at Yosemite National Park. We hiked around the dam and came upon this accessible waterfall, it had a bridge over the part I’m taking a photo of. It’s very rugged terrain and is […]

Wordless Wednesday* Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park —

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Do you want to release self-doubt?

Encouraging-Grace

I recently read a blog post about self-doubt. In it the author said he suffers from doubting himself and was wondering where he might find help.

We as Christians need look no further than our Bibles.

The Bible has many quotes that will help us in a time of self-doubt. We need only repeat them and have faith that God means what HE says. We can turn to stories of faith. Those are good as well. But sometimes we need a mantra to keep our minds quiet.

So to the guy that needed somewhere to turn, in order to calm his mind…here you go. (And for us too!)

Hebrews 13:6

So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”

Jeremiah 17:7

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.

Proverbs…

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